Curly Hair, Do Care: Our Do’s and Don’ts for Curls

While Mother Nature has blessed curly-haired people with exciting, enviable texture, curls can become a headache if they’re not cared for properly. Straight from the best salon in Kennett Square, PA—here are our top tips to keep curls looking as amazing as nature intended!

DO: MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!                                                                             

Curly hair is drier than other hair types and absorbs conditioner like nobody’s business. Condition the ends of your hair up, and use a deep-conditioning masque once a week. (We love Aveda’s Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque.) Then apply a leave-in product to damp hair— our picks are the Curl Enhancer and Style-Prep from Aveda’s Be Curly line. 

 
 
 
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DON’T: USE DRYING PRODUCTS

Using alcohol-based or other drying products undermine efforts to moisturize and/or de-frizz curls. All your hair products should be tailored to curly hair (like Aveda’s Be Curly line).

DO: PROTECT CURLS WHILE SLEEPING

Sleep on silk! (as in, a silky wrap or pillowcase). At night, cotton and other fabrics rub against hair strands, creating friction and accelerating split or brittle ends. On a silky surface, hair just glides over.

DON’T: SHAMPOO FREQUENTLY

While removing impurities from hair, many shampoos also remove natural oils. “Co-washing” is using a special conditioner to clean hair while maintaining and enhancing moisture. Aveda’s Be Curly Co-Wash moisturizes curls for up to three days with certified-organic babassu oil.

 
 
 
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DO: GET REGULAR TRIMS 

Curly heads are hit with a double whammy: They’re more prone to dryness/breaking, and also tangling—so split ends tend to knot into each other. The optimal haircut schedule for curly hair is 6-8 weeks to snip away dead ends so they don’t devolve into frizz. 

DON’T: BRUSH WET HAIR 

Detangle in the shower with conditioner and a wide-tooth comb. After, gently detangle damp hair with fingers or a comb, plus your favorite leave-in treatment. 

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